Bettles, Alaska

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Bettles is a city in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 43 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Bettles is located at 66°54′48″N 151°31′21″W / 66.91333°N 151.5225°W / 66.91333; -151.5225 (66.913419, -151.522374)[2]. The city is located on the Hickel Highway, connects to the Dalton Highway and crosses the Jim River (Alaska). The city is also served by an airstrip, which was built by the military.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[3], there were 43 people, 16 households and 9 families residing in the city. The population density was 26.2 per square mile (10.1/km²). There were 36 housing units at an average density of 21.9/sq mi (8.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.74% White, 18.60% Native American, and 4.65% from two or more races.

The median household income was $49,375, and the median family income was $65,000. Males had a median income of $47,917 versus $48,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,585. There were 10.0% of families and 6.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including 11.1% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

History

The city was founded in 1896 during the Alaska Gold Rush. The airstrip that serves the community was built in World War II and is now used for commercial air service. The Hickel Highway was used to transport equipment and supplies to the North Slope for oil exploration, and to build the Dalton Highway, which is now used as a truck route to the oilfields.

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